Paedo-hunting cop arrested on suspicion of murdering 15-year-old teen lover

A police chief known for hunting paedophiles has himself been detained on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old schoolgirl amid claims she had threatened to expose their affair.

The underage girl was stabbed five times in the neck and had numerous other wounds, say reports.

The victim was a fan of Japanese anime and on released images was pictured in her cosplay outfits.

Lieutenant Colonel Anton Bezchetvertev has been fired from his force in Russia.

News outlet BAZA citing law enforcement sources alleged the married police chief, 42, had been in a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old which had recently “gone wrong”.

She had threatened to expose his affair, it was claimed.

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Bezchetvertev was seen in tears as he was held in a metal court cage during a custody hearing when he was detained for two months.

The senior officer was head of a police unit dealing with “grave and especially grave” crimes in Samara, a key Russian city.

Two years ago the father of three was awarded for snaring a paedophile murderer who had attacked a schoolgirl in an abandoned morgue.

“Anton had been catching paedophiles for many years,” said a colleague.

The girl lived in the same apartment block as Bezchetvertev in the village of Petra Dubrava, and witnesses said he had been seen hugging her.

Her blood drenched body was found on a village round.

She had also been spotted in his Toyota RAV4 vehicle.

However, his wife Elena and her father, Dmitry Gorbunov, denied any knowledge of a romantic relationship.

Her father said she had gone out for half an hour and never returned, so he raised the alarm.

Bezchetvertev told interrogators that he had accidentally run over the girl when he returned from a fishing trip, it was reported.

She had rushed at him and started screaming and fighting, and he “lost his mind” and stabbed her, said a report.

Some witnesses say they saw him pinning her to the ground then driving away.

He had dumped a trailer containing “bloody trousers” in a local lake, it was reported.

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The Russian Investigative Committee said Bezchetvertev had been detained for two months, but based on “preliminary information” has not confirmed the policeman was in a relationship with the girl.

He was fired by the Interior Ministry which is in charge of police in Russia.

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